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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory

 
 
Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
1. Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory Marker
Inscription. The Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory was established by an ordinance passed by Virginia's third revolutionary convention on 17 July 1775. Built on this site soon thereafter by Fielding Lewis and Charles Dick, it was the first such factory in America. Its workers repaired and manufactured small arms for the regiments of numerous Virginia counties during the Revolutionary War. The factory’s principal product was modeled after the British Brown Bess musket, the standard infantry arm of the day. Only a handful of the Fredericksburg muskets survive. In 1783 the factory closed and the General Assembly transferred the land and buildings to the trustees of the Fredericksburg Academy. The property was sold to a merchant in 1801 and later subdivided.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N 7.)
 
Location. 38° 17.594′ N, 77° 27.539′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Clarke Street just north of Ferdinand Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spanish War Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Cobb at Gunnery Springs
Marker on Dunmore Street Photo, Click for full size
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
2. Marker on Dunmore Street
(within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Central Railway Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brig. Gen. John Minor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocky Lane (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sentry Box (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Who Was Who at the Fredericksburg Gun Factory?. (Submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,477 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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